Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

sometimes a stupid thing will change your life

I was just up in my room thinking about Faulkner, and wondering, if he'd Ieft the South, would he have ever written "Light in August"? Or what if James Joyce had Ieft Ireland? I mean, he did Ieave Ireland, but not in his heart.

--the indisputably subpar 2002 jack black comedy "orange county"

Here's the thing: Faulkner did leave the South. And Fitzgerald finished Gatsby in France. And Craig Finn lives in Brooklyn. I think I understand why now.

I'm moving.